Mazda_CX-5_frontIn an interesting move Mazda CX-5 has answered the critics who say too many SUVs aren’t really aimed at off-road use. Leading the 2020 upgrades is a new Off-Road Traction Assist function in all AWD models.

With the push of a button the AWD and traction control systems effectively electronically lock the rear differential in the same way rugged 4×4 vehicles operate. It then distributes the right amount of torque to the tyres that have grip to extricate the vehicle by suppressing tyre spin to maximise traction.

The updated Mazda CX-5 is, with several NVH improvements including to headliner material was achieved a 10 per cent improvement in low frequency sound absorption, reducing cabin noise when moving from a smooth to a rough road surface. Petrol powered models now have a steering-vibration countermeasure to reduce vibrations from the road surface being felt through the wheel.

More updates include an 8-inch display for the entry grade Maxx, new generation nameplate badging and key fob design for all grades.\Mazda_CX-5_side2

The CX-5 Maxx Sport grade and above now has paddle shifters now offered as standard to allow manual gear operation.

Finally a Polymetal Grey Metallic has been added to body colour choices.

All grades benefit from enhanced safety, with the advanced autonomous emergency braking function, Smart City Brake Support (SCBS), adding night-time pedestrian protection to its operation.


The updated Mazda CX-5 has Mazda’s five-year unlimited kilometre warranty and five-year Mazda Premium Roadside Assistance.

The complete Mazda CX-5 range is:

Maxx Skyactiv-G 2.0L Manual FWD $30,980
Maxx Skyactiv-G 2.0L Auto FWD $32,980
Maxx Skyactiv-G 2.5L Auto AWD $35,980
Maxx Sport Skyactiv-G 2.0L Auto FWD $36,290
Maxx Sport Skyactiv-G 2.5L Auto AWD $39,290
Maxx Sport Skyactiv-D 2.2L Auto AWD $42,290
Touring Skyactiv-G 2.5L Auto AWD $40,980
Touring Skyactiv-D 2.2L Auto AWD $43,980
GT Skyactiv-G 2.5L Auto AWD $46,090
GT Skyactiv-D 2.2L Auto AWD $49,090
GT Skyactiv-G 2.5T Auto AWD $48,590
Akera Skyactiv-G 2.5L Auto AWD $48,330
Akera Skyactiv-D 2.2L Auto AWD $51,330
Akera Skyactiv-G 2.5T Auto AWD $50,830

Note: These prices do not include government or dealer delivery charges. Contact your local Mazda dealer for drive-away prices.

About Alistair Kennedy

Alistair Kennedy is Automotive News Service and Marque Publishing's business manager and the company's jack-of-all-trades. An accountant by profession, he designs the Marque range of motoring book titles, operates the company's motoring bookshop on the NSW Central Coast and the associated web site, as well as its huge digital and hard copy database. Whenever we can escape from the office he does so to cover new vehicle releases and contributes news stories. Alistair's other interests include cricket and family history on which he has written three books.
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